on-campus retirement center, driving range
In an effort to generate revenue to
compensate for reductions in state support, UIS Chancellor Richard
Ringeisen has been talking with developers about possibly building a
retirement center on university-owned land. The chancellor is also
considering another potentially profitable development: an on-campus
Ringeisen said that he and the
administrators who report to him have been trying to find ways to
use university land to generate funds, and a retirement center and a
driving range are among the ideas that have been suggested.
It was expected at one point that the
746-acre UIS campus population would eventually reach 20,000,
Ringeisen said. But then these plans changed, leaving much of the
land on campus undeveloped. Ringeisen said that he’s looking to
develop some of this land in ways that would benefit UIS both
academically and financially.
“It’s an opportunity the chancellor
sees, and he’s looking for ways to take opportunities and resources
we have and get the most out of them so that we can really create a
community here that students will enjoy being a part of, and other
people are going to come from outside the community and be a part
of,” UIS Provost Michael Cheney said.
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UIS awarded federal
funding to create certification program
UIS has received $250,000 in federal
funding to establish an online math teacher certification program
designed to address a growing shortage of math teachers in Illinois,
UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen announced before spring break.
On March 8, which Ringeisen described
as “a great day for UIS,” U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois’ 19th
District signed a large check and presented it to Ringeisen and
other UIS administrators during a press conference. The Republican
congressman helped obtain the funding for UIS using what he said was
one of the good aspects of the omnibus appropriations bill that U.S.
President George W. Bush signed on Jan. 23.
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Research Advanced at UIS
Scientific research at UIS has been
given a boost. Recently, two graduate students, Tracy DiMezzo and
Timothy Goode, received grants from Sigma Xi to further their
studies on Illinois floodplains.
Sigma Xi is a nonprofit organization
made up of roughly 75,000 scientists and engineers. Obtaining
grants from this society is extremely competitive. The purpose of
this organization is to “motivate young investigators,” said UIS
Professor Michael Lemke.
DiMezzo and Goode were selected
because Sigma Xi identified great potential in their work. Between
the two of them, they received over $1,500.
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